Aviation safety investigations & reports

Waggon und Maschinenbau AG Phoebus B1, VH-GYC, 13 km SSW Maryborough QLD, 14 January 1987

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot was returning to land after a period of thermalling flight, when severe turbulence was encountered. The pilot's head hit and broke the canopy, and he then had problems with his vision. Heavy sink was also experienced. The pilot stated his last recollection of events was making a left turn towards the airfield at about 150 feet above the ground, and then regaining consciousness in the wreckage. Investigation revealed that the glider had touched down on a 5 metre wide strip between areas of cane growing to about 1.7 metres in height. The left wing caught in the cane and the aircraft slewed violently before coming to rest with the wing completely torn out of the fuselage.

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General details
Date: 14 January 1987   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1112    
Location: 13 km SSW Maryborough    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 23 December 1987   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Serious  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Bolkow-Apparaterbao GmbH  
Aircraft model Phoebus  
Aircraft registration VH-GYC  
Type of operation Gliding  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Glenorchy QLD  
Departure time 1112  
Destination Glenorchy (15 km SSW Maryborough) QLD